I don’t want to get too far into TMI territory, but I am completely obsessed with reusable period products. I’ve evangelized about the benefits of using my menstrual cup and period underwear to all my friends. From the reactions I’ve gathered, it’s a tough sell. But hear me out: these products will change the way you think about that time of the month.
So how do these these compare to what you’re used to? I’m not going to lie — it’s a little weird (and messy) at first. However, all it takes is time and practice before its second nature to use a reusable period product. Need more info? Let me break it down for you.
You might not get as attached to your menstrual cup as I did to mine. Knowing that it helps you save money and create less waste might convince you to make the switch. Plus, there’s a reduced risk in Toxic Shock Syndrome, which is something we can all get behind.
A menstrual cup holds over 3 super tampons’ worth of liquid, so you can leave it in for up to 12 hours (which means less time in the bathroom and more time doing what you want). If you have an IUD, this might not be the right choice for you: there’s the risk that your cup could get caught on the string.
Once inserted, a menstrual cup creates a seal inside the vagina to keep anything from leaking out. Before you first use your cup, be sure to sterilize it in boiling water for 3 to 5 minutes. When it’s time for a refresh, simply remove the cup, empty it, and rinse it. You can then re-insert or boil again before storing it away until your next cycle.
OrganiCup uses 100% medical-grade silicone for these cups. This type of material includes only silicon, oxygen, carbon, and hydrogen atoms, so there’s no worry of unknown or hazardous chemicals. It also carries the AllergyCertified label, is registered with The Vegan Society, and has been approved by the FDA.
Most menstrual cups have the same, perfectly round shape. However, Intimina’s Lily Cup was designed specifically to fit the natural shape of your body. The idea behind this is to make it feel as if you aren’t wearing anything at all. It also features a high-capacity container, so you won’t have to worry about any spillage.
The Honey Pot Company’s cups are made from 100% medical-grade silicone and are free of latex, harmful chemicals, and phthalates (also known as the ingredient that gives plastic its durability). These non-toxic benefits make it an option that’s better for both you and the earth.
Saalt’s Soft Cup is made of ultra-soft silicone and is great for anyone who has bladder sensitivity, cramping, or discomfort from other reusable period products. Designed in partnership with menstrual educators Put A Cup In It, this is a holy grail for quality cups.
I was skeptical about period underwear for a few years. Granted, I avoided wearing thicker pads at all costs. But when I switched over to using other reusable period products like the menstrual cup, I wanted an option that could replace all the liners I was using in case of leaks.
Honestly speaking, I was pleasantly surprised by how these leakproof options made it feel like I wasn’t even on my period. The fact that there are some stylish options makes the experience even better.
When you’ve worn your pair to the max (which should never be over 24 hours), just run them under cold water until the rinse is clear. Then you can throw them into a cold-wash cycle before hanging them to dry.
Anyone with a heavier flow will love the Super Hi-Waist from Thinx. The sleek design and high protection will keep you feeling secure. Not to mention, there’s also the sheer beauty of these underwear, which feel inspired by vintage high-cuts.
It’s easy to feel anything but hot when you’re on your period, but this flirty lace option will change that. Thanks to their absorption power (they hold up to 4 teaspoons) you won’t feel a thing when you’re wearing them.
When you’re on your period, you want something to get you through a workout without any worries. This seamless option, which holds 2-3 tampons worth of liquid, does exactly that while also feeling unnoticeable against your skin.
On your lighter days, replace those single-use liners with Knix’s thong. These absorb up to 1 teaspoon of liquid, come in a range of five nude shades and are seamless, and are a great option for leggings and other fitted bottoms.